Monday started off with the moon in Scorpio and Mars “squaring” Saturn. Translation: it was no “Manic Monday.” In fact, I usually describe the “Mars squaring Saturn” moment as driving with the brakes on. That is until I thought about something different: Sisyphus. I particularly thought of Albert Camus philosophical essay on the Myth of Sisyphus that I read some 20 years ago. I was always moved by that essay, and, of course, the Greek myth still stays with me. Sisyphus, an ancient mortal king, attempted to cheat Death by tying him up in chains. Death escaped and when it came time for the king to die, he escaped from the underworld. So the gods punished him by making him carry up a rock a mountain daily only to watch it roll back down the mountain as soon as he got to the top–for all eternity. Camus’ essay is on confronting the absurdity and pointlessness of a life without meaning. However, he offers the idea of revolt and defiance rather than resignation and suicide.
Yeah, I know that’s all pretty heavy and deep stuff for a Monday, especially now that it’s Tuesday. But I think that Mars-Saturn square has lingering lessons for us, or, at least, for me. Some of that was brought home this morning as I watched this oddball exchange between TV host Lawrence O’Donnell and NYC Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner from last night. I’m no Weiner fan, and I thought O’Donnell was remarkably unfair and rude last night. (How is your opening salvo for a guest on your show gonna be, “What is wrong with you?”? All that Harvard education, Lawrence, and no home training? #CMonSon) Essentially, I saw Saturn as O’Donnell, attempting to get Weiner to look at the absurdity of his run, Weiner’s possibly deep-seated fears and what O’Donnell saw as his inevitable defeat. However, I have to give Weiner credit as the Mars in Leo squaring off against Saturn. (I guess it helps that Weiner has his moon in hearty Leo too.) I won’t say that Weiner isn’t driving along with some damaged goods in some way, either of reputation, character, mind, or whatever. However, I believe he’s absolutely right (gulp!) in being resolute in the face of futility or absurdity. You don’t face a no-win scenario by quitting. Nothing, specifically, has to be wrong with you, anymore than there was with Sisyphus. In fact, O’Donnell seemed pretty close to asking, “Why won’t you disappear into that sweet goodnight? Why won’t you just die like anybody else would?” Weiner may or may not mean the passion he displays. But, on the surface, I can’t knock his answers. He, like Sisyphus, is attempting to cheat a kind of death, and daring to ask, “Why aren’t you?!”
When your week starts off with symbolic Sisyphus moments like this one, you might be tempted to ask yourself, “What’s the point?” There might not be a single “objective” measure you can point to in the whole wide world except that you care…about something. It might not be the thing at hand. It might not be what everybody likes or wants. Or what anyone else thinks you can do. Or it could be exceptionally difficult. But it’s your responsibility to make it your own and push it up the mountain of your aspirations with all you got. It might quickly roll down and you may have to start over. But you never know what could change. In moments like these, your attitude and passion are what matter the most. In fact, they might be the most precious things you have. Respect ’em, especially when confronted by, “What’s the point?”
Let’s see what your sign’s weekly horoscope reveals as your own “Sisyphus” moments this week: